John welcomes Caledonian Sleeper to Oban

Oban waterfront
Oban by Daniel Stockman.
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John Finnie has welcomed news that the Caledonian Sleeper will travel between London and Oban during February 2016. The Sleeper normally travels between London and Fort William, but as a result of engineering works it will end in Oban on the weekends of 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 February.

The alternative route will bring passengers to the Gateway to the Isles and will allow the Caledonian Sleeper the opportunity to examine the potential of making Oban a permanent destination on the route.

John said:

“I met recently with Peter Strachan, Managing Director of the Caledonian Sleeper, to discuss not only the timeframe for enhancements to the existing service but also the potential for route expansion and, given the rail line splits at Crianlarich, the possibility of Oban being on the Sleeper route.

“I am delighted that the line improvements to Fort-William mean the Sleeper will travel to Oban in February bringing benefit to Lorn and the Isles and indeed beyond.

“The Caledonian Sleeper will be evaluating this temporary arrangement and I call on everyone to lend their full support to the service, which will hopefully result in Oban being a permanent Sleeper destination.”